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Auxiliary oiler ‘Patiño’ and F-100 frigate ‘Méndez Núñez’ depart Ferrol to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2). - Navy News - Armada Española - Ministerio de Defensa - Gobierno de España

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Auxiliary oiler ‘Patiño’ and F-100 frigate ‘Méndez Núñez’ depart Ferrol to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2).
This deployment is a further example of Spain’s commitment with the Alliance.
Saturday, February 25, 2017


The auxiliary oiler and replenishment ship (AOR) ‘Patiño’ and the F-100 frigate ‘Méndez Núñez’ have just left their home port in Ferrol (NW Spain) towards the Mediterranean Sea to integrate into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2); more specifically into the Sub-Group TU.02, currently under command of Spanish Navy Captain Rubén Rodríguez Peña.

‘Méndez Núñez’ will relieve her sister ship ‘Almirante Juan de Borbón’ as flagship, while the ‘Patiño’ will provide logistic support to all naval units of the Maritime Group, as well as to other Spanish warships deployed in the Mediterranean like frigate ‘Canarias’ presently engaged in EUNAVFORMED Operation ‘Sophia’ fighting human trafficking in that area.

Both ships will take part in the large international anti-submarine exercise ‘Dynamic Manta’ in Sicilian waters (Italy) and will also visit different ports in Greece, Turkey, Italy and Tunisia.

Frigate ‘Méndez Núñez’ (F-104)

Frigate ‘Méndez Núñez’ is the fourth of a total of five ‘Álvaro de Bazán’-class frigates (F-100) designed as anti-air units. Their state-of-the-art AEGIS Combat System and the SPY-1D multifunction radar turns them into one of the most modern and capable warships. She is under command of Cdr. Miguel Ramón Cuartero.

AOR ‘Patiño’ (A-14)

The AOR was commissioned into active service in 1995. With a complement of 150 people and her ample cargo capacity, the ship can supply 9,000 m3 of fuel and 2,000 tons of food, ammunition and spare parts to other naval units at sea.

The ‘Patiño’ can also provide medical assistance thanks to her hospital facilities and logistic support capabilities in non-combatant scenarios like humanitarian aid and environmental defense operations. The A-14 boasts certain features that resemble the way frigates operate like maritime security operations, shipping control, counterpiracy, and VBSS (Visit, Board, Search & Seizure) tasks.

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